Been a while since I’ve blogged. So a recap on what’s been going on.
On Tuesday, the 2nd day of school began. It was a pretty uneventful day, and if it weren’t for my little bottle of magic, I surely would not have made it through in one piece! After school ended, I drove me and Jovaughn to his house, and we worked on APUSH until 6:00. I really like the APUSH book! it’s really interesting, and I love how it isn’t a repeat of all the stuff we already know. And more important then that, I like how it comes with the starting passage:
“The story recounted first in Europe and then in the United States depicted heroic adventures, missionaries, and soldiers sharing Western civilization with the New World and oepning a vast virgin land to economic development. The familiar tale celebrated material progress, the inevitable spread of European values, and the taming of frontiers. It was a history crafted by the victors -usually by white leaders such as Maryland’s governer - and by the childre nof the victors to explain how they had come to inherit the land.
“This narrative of events no longer provides an adequate explanation for European conquest and settlement. It is not so much wrong as partisan incomplete, even offensive. History recounted from the perspective of the victors inevitably silences the voices of the victimes, the peoples who, in the victors’ view, foolishly resisted economic and techological progress. More distrubing, traditional tales of European conquest also obscured the sufferings of the millions of Native Americans who perished, as wel as the huge number of Africans sold in the New World as slaves.”
It then proceed to devote an entire chapter to the study of Indians and Africa, and more importantly shows the whole thing from how they saw it, that they were trying to adapt to a “new world” that had come about, and they weren’t idiots who thought bows>guns.
It also talks about how almost every colinization attempt ended in so much failure. So much. It isn’t all “Oh hey, colonies are awesome guys! We improved the economy! We made the lives better for everyone! Couple of Indians died. We managed to have so much advancement and it led to the creation of AMERICA! don’t you just love America? Slavery too. We wouldn’t be America without our past problems! Totally worth it gaiz.” The ‘best’ colony was the one where believing in a different religion would get you exiled, executed, purged, or burned.
A lot of reading, but that study day gave me a good amount of time to get acquainted with the course. I’m going to really enjoy it!
Anyways, after 6, I headed off to the ASNC meeting. Thanks for introducing me to theme, Christina and Jenny! I am going to be helping keep their online calenders and other online stuff up to date!
I also got a bunch of free, leftover food from the meeting! Weeee.
On Wednesday, school progressed as normal, and afterschool me and Jovaughn headed over to Kim’s to study. It was nice to find out that Yen and Lisa were there too! Yen was working, and me and Jovaughn stayed up until the place closed at 10:00. Got almost half of APUSH done that day! The study days we had planned were working out marvelously!
It irked me that someone said that the pre-cal PAKS now are so much harder then before. Theirs have half as many questions, and their 1st PAK was split into 2 parts! Plus, practically no review! What on earth do they want? O_O
on Thursday, another school day. Had a speech meeting that I had to attend, and we had this whole funny business with me, Jessie, and Urban about Cornell Notes!
At least I am glad she reads them! :P
Then me and Jovaughn headed over to Tapioca Square to study, where Lisa, Yen, and Ly were all at! Didn’t get as much done that day, but still enough that I haven’t had to do any work for 3 days!
Unfortunately, Friday morning when I was bringing Jovaughn to Kerr, he informed me that his Dad would no longer let him stay out during school days, and so we could no longer study together any longer. What a bummer!
My favorite part of the day was writing the AP essay for AP3. I think that I did well, considering I spent too much time on the prewriting!
I decided to try and go to Kims, for the 1st time without Jovaughn or anyone else.
…it was really unproductive. For 2 hours, I fiddled with my phone, my laptop, watched people play yu-gi-oh, thought about stuff, texted people, called someone, drank tapioca, everything EXCEPT doing my work.
I just took Bryan home from Kerr after realizing it wasn’t going to change. I did not realize how important having someone else working with me was! What’s worse is that finding someone else to go with me is extremely difficult, because most people are either too busy, can’t get home afterwards, can’t stay for long, or don’t like the environment enough to justify working there! It is kind of annoying, and I am hoping I’ll find someone!
I know that I’m going to go on Wednesday with Cherry though, but I can’t rely on only that instance to bring me up to speed with my work!
I’m sure I’ll find SOMEONE… eventually.
Anyways, I’m about to finish up some Calculus work now. I find it funny that Jovaughn is inside my Tumblr Cloud thing. So silly!
I am looking forward to the future! The classes haven’t been too hard yet, things have been working out with me and other people, plans have gone accordingly, I managed to play some video games, and now I’m eating some ice cream while contemplating life!
I love sounding excited in these posts! I think that when others read them, it makes them excited too! And when others are excited, it makes other others excited, and it spreads like a virus, and everyone is excited about even the most mundane things!
I am glad I made that change in my typing!
Off I go!